SaranskRepublic of Mordovia, its financial and economic center. It is located on the river Insar, about southeast of Moscow.
There are no architectural ensembles in the center of Saransk. Overall, the old architecture is quite sparse and is not a first-class one. In this regard the city doesn't differ a lot from other cities in central Russia. Also you won’t hear any national languages other than Russian spoken here unless you make some special efforts.
There are two main tourist sites which make Saransk worth visiting: a museum of fine arts with a large collection of sculptures created by Stephen Erzi and 18th century Makarov Monastery - one of the most spectacular ensembles of the Middle Volga region. Additionally, there is a good museum of Mordovian national culture and some modern architecture partly stylised as a national one.
Museum of Mordovia Folk Culturephone: +7 834 224-67-94address: Sovetskaya St, 19Learn about the histories of the two Mordvin ethnocultural groups, the Erzya and Moksha.
Mordovian Erzia Museum of Visual ArtsEstablished in 1941.
Sovetskaya SquareThe main square in the city.
Opera and Ballet Theatre of Saransk
- Watch football at
Mordovia ArenaThis new stadium was a surprise choice to host matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The home team are FC Mordovia Saransk who play in the Russian Football National League, the second tier of Russian football, having won promotion in 2018. Even with that, the club (who previously played at the Start Stadium) will struggle to fill their new home's 28,000 capacity, and it's expected that other events will be staged here. The Arena is just 1 km east of city centre.
Dikovinkaphone: +7 960 336 5562address: Prospekt Lenina, 17Gift shop selling Erzhya arts and craft, traditional clothing and other souvenirs.
phone: +7 834 2363636address: Ulitsa Saranskaya, 21Serves authentic Mordovian cuisine. Has a rustic wooden interior.
phone: +7 927 977 0719address: Ulitsa Tereshkovoy, 7Irish pub with over 50 types of beer.
Admiral Hotelphone: +7 8342 37-20-02address: Respublikanskaya St., 103Spacious rooms. The staff at reception and the restaurant don't speak English very well but there are menus in English.
- Head to the second largest city in the republic and industrial center Ruzayevka
- Explore the rural areas of Mordovia